Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 14, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

While global searches on Ancestry—whether in a search form, from your tree, or from Family Tree Maker—are great for capturing some censuses, and many other records where lots of detail has been indexed, sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to uncover new records. It’s important to remember that a global search on Ancestry… Read more

Naturalization Records: What Good Are They and Where Can I Find Them?

Posted by Lou Szucs on October 14, 2014 in Site

A Brief History of the Naturalization Process in the United States Naturalization is the legal procedure by which an alien becomes a citizen of a state or country. Every nation has different rules that determine citizenship. In the United States, naturalization is a judicial procedure that flows from Congressional legislation. However, from the time the… Read more

Genealogical Research in Your Italian Ancestral Town

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Mary M. Tedesco The catalyst for my pursuit of genealogy as a profession was the influence of my Italian immigrant grandparents. Because they have always been so wonderful and kind to me, I wanted to learn more about them. I wanted to know why being with them made me… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 13th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 13, 2014 in Site

Blog Posts Migration to America in the 1700s  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Beyond Records: Adding Colour to Your Tree by Brian Gallagher What We Are Reading: October 10th Edition by Jessica Murray Free Genealogist’s Toolkit to Power Your Family History Research  by Juliana Szucs Smith Branch Out Comes to the UK. Enter to Win… Read more

Beyond Records. Adding Colour to Your Tree.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 12, 2014 in Site, Finding Your Roots, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

I was visiting an old friend recently who I had not seen in some years. We talked about our lives and our jobs and all that had happened since we had last met. She was very interested to hear about Ancestry and immediately began to tell me about her father. Her father passed away in… Read more

Free Genealogist’s Toolkit to Power Your Family History Research

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 10, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

At Ancestry, we know that researching and telling your family story is a craft. And every craftsperson needs a good set of tools. We’re committed to bringing you the best educational resources and research tools possible. Whether it’s a blank census form, research guides, how-to videos, or a community where you can ask questions and share your successes, we’ve… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part One

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 9, 2014 in Site

In honor of Family History Month, we’re launching a four-part series for the month with ideas for sharing your passion for family history research with the little ones and young adults in your family. Each week, we will bring you a handful of different activities, with an emphasis on getting crafty and creative. We hope you’ll treasure the… Read more

’60s icon Twiggy is next to explore her roots on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 8, 2014 in Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s the 100th episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC1. Next to explore her family history is 1960s icon Twiggy.     Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is a famous model, actor, and designer. Growing up in London, Twiggy had a happy childhood but knew very little about her… Read more

A 126-Year Mystery Solved with DNA: Who was Jack the Ripper?

Posted by Anna Swayne on October 7, 2014 in Site, AncestryDNA

Who Was Jack the Ripper? We’re kicking off October with a murder mystery that has recently been covered in the news. A claim that DNA evidence points to a suspect in a 126-year old cold case from England is behind the recent discussions. DNA found on a shawl that was left on one of the victims of Jack the Ripper has… Read more

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Posted by Jessica Murray on October 7, 2014 in Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Genealogist  I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is “Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill.” I can’t find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in… Read more